Late in 2016, a tragic accident ended the life of one man and forever changed the lives of two other people. Louisiana police just took the driver deemed responsible into custody and accused him of causing the death and serious injuries of the victims involved. The driver is now facing several serious criminal charges.
The investigation into this tragic wreck was purportedly delayed due to the processing of the legal request for medical records of the victims involved. Also, police cited the need to wait for the victims to recover enough to be able to handle questions about the accident. The man who has been charged was residing in a neighboring state and required extradition in order to be charged in Louisiana's court system.
According to the charged man, the deceased driver was traveling the wrong way on the interstate that December evening. However, witness accounts report that the accused man was headed north in the southern lanes. He allegedly glanced off of the side of one vehicle before colliding head-on with the victims' car. All of the victims were removed from the vehicle just before it caught fire.
The 43-year-old man is charged with vehicular homicide and negligent injury, counts which apply in Louisiana when a driver is accused of operating under the influence of intoxicating substances. While the report did not include any information concerning the current condition of the two surviving victims who suffered serious injuries, both of them may be facing a long and arduous recovery, including a lengthy rehabilitation. Both they and the surviving family of the deceased man may also be trying to handle the monetary burdens that these tragic wrecks cause. Personal injury claims and a wrongful death lawsuit may allow them to recover the monetary damages they have surely sustained.
Source: theadvocate.com, "Arrest made in December I-59 wrong-way crash that killed man near Pearl River", John H.Walker, May 6, 2017